Top Hydration Packs for Walkers

For longer walks you will need to carry more water and more gear. These selections either carry two water bottles or have a water bladder hydration system. They are great for hikes in areas without access to water, or when you want to carry both water and sports drink.


Ultimate Direction Kaviti
Ultimate Direction Kaviti. Courtesy of

I am a big fan of Ultimate Direction's water bottles and packs. This pack has two of their excellent water bottles, which have a kicker valve for one-handed opening, closing and drinking. This pack has a good-sized compartment for carrying gear and snacks, with an outer zip compartment for quick access to essentials. It also has front belt pockets that are phone-compatible and sweat-resistant to keep it dry. It has a bungee cord, which I love to have to be able to strap down my jacket after I warm up. Ultimate Direction engineers its waistbands well to securely close and ride without jostling



Camelbak Cloud Walker
Camelbak Cloud Walker. Courtesy of

The Cloud Walker holds 2 liters of water in its hydration bladder. The waist strap and sternum strap are removable. Large and small zippered cargo compartments let you carry most anything you want along, or lash it to the pack with the built-in bungee cord.



Orange Mud Hydraquiver VP2
Orange Mud Hydraquiver VP2. Courtesy of

If you don't want to wear a waistpack and you prefer bottles to a hydration bladder, the Orange Mud Hydraquiver is a great choice. It's designed by an adventure racer, so there is no bounce and no loose bottles. But you have quick access to the two 25-ounce bottles. It also has stretch pockets on each shoulder strap and expandable vest pockets in front for your phone, energy get or other essentials. You can add a modular accessory bag in back for carrying more stuff. There is a bungee between the bottles to secure your jacket.



Mountainsmith Kinetic

The Mountainsmith Kinetic has two side mesh pockets suitable for carrying two water bottles - but they don't come included, so you'll need to provide your favorites. It has a good-sized main pocket, and a separate front pocket with headphone port. It also has a padded pocket for valuables. I love the bungee cord on front for attaching your jacket once you warm up.



Camelbak Venture
Camelbak Venture. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Venture comes with two 21-oz water bottles and the pack weighs only 7 ounces. The main zippered compartment is big enough for essentials. I love the shockcord for attaching your jacket when you warm up. The Camelbak Chill water bottles are squeezable, BPA-free and have a self-sealing cap. This model is discontinued, so get it while you can!



Camelbak FlashFlo
Camelbak FlashFlo. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Flashflo carries 50 oz. of water - as much as in two large water bottles. You sip the water through a tube that hooks to the waistbelt for easy access. The small cargo pocket holds your keys, ID and an energy bar - but not much else. It has reflective stripes.



Camelbak Rimrunner
Camelbak Rimrunner. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Camelbak Rimrunner is designed for longer hikes and walks. It features the 100 oz. Antidote hydration bladder. In addition to a large main compartment, it has a front organizer pocket for quick access to small essentials, and two side pockets of stretch mesh. If you want to carry your trekking poles, you can use the gear loops or the side compression straps. It has a removable stability waist belt.



Kelty Oriole
Kelty Oriole. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Kelty Oriole is a big-capacity lumbar pack, complete with a shoulder strap and top-carrying strap if you get tired of wearing the wide waistband. It comes with two water bottles (BPA-free plastic #2) in mesh holders. It has an outer stuff pocket and inner zip and cargo pockets. What's missing? A bungee!



If you are ready to step up to a backpack-type hydration pack, here are my choices for those of us with shorter torsos. I like to wear a hydration pack with a sipper tube as I am more likely to actually "drink when thirsty" rather than delaying it because I don't want to get my bottle out of my pack. But because I am short, the standard designs are too long in back. I have to look for these shorter packs.



Race vests hold water bottles or a hydration bladder, plus snacks and essentials. They were designed for adventure races and can work well for long walks.



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